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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 15 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 April 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UVOH8G
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Now however I am wondering if he has lost his touch (if he actually wrote this of course, as there are rumours to the contrary). This book - poorly researched with glaring inaccuracies, one-dimensional characters, paper-thin plot developments and very little in the way of true "Wilbur Smith" action, was such a disappointment. The sex scenes were either embarrassing or sickly graphic, the violence so unlike him. And the dialogue ("I feel deeply honoured to have received the gift of her love. It is my armour. With her at my side I shall never again know loneliness") - the hero; ("I must have a baby. I must have a piece of you inside me. That will be the ultimate affirmation of our love") - the heroine. Plus lots of "Oh my darling"s. It felt like a bizarre cross between sado-masochistic porn, a Mills & Boon bodice-ripper, and a poorly written action story.
I truly hope that it gets better than this again. I always look forward to his books - or I used to until this.
His recent books have not been so captivating, although I enjoyed Assegai, but some of that was a little bit tongue in cheek with some of the exploits.
This book is a huge disappointment. Starts of well but disintegrates into what can only be described as a waste of good paper. It seemed that he ran out of ideas of how to fill the middle section of the book and as consequence filled it with a load of nonsense about the main characters on their extended honeymoon!! I almost gave up on it them but kept going. Its a pity because the piracy topic is highly relevant. As an ex Navy man I found the latter stages of the book quite unrealistic. Hector Cross must be some guy, he didn't seem to need any of the people who were in the book to help him capture the villian(s).
This book is no exception, while highly entertaining and gripping by most novelists standards, it falls short of his great books.
The villains are one dimensional psychopaths, the heroes are stereotypes and the plot is all too predictable.
It pains me to write such a negative review, as Wilbur Smith has been an omnipotent force throughout my life, accompanying me on wonderful holidays, keeping me amused on long flights and getting me through times of worry and stress with that unique ability to transport the reader to another era, another world.
I yearn for a return to the simmering intensity of the earlier books, the sadness of "When The Lion Feeds", the brilliance of "The Burning Shore", the tales which would suck you in from the very first paragraph and keep you gripped until the last.
Wilbur, you are still the best novelist in the world right now, probably ever, take a look at your last four novels, then your first four, and regain the genius that has for the moment left you.
The characters have no depth what soever, the typical Wilbur Smith formula of his protagonists being absolutely perfect in every conceivable way. Hazel Bannock is the most beautiful and most successful business woman in all of America, a pro tennis player who marries a rich and much older man. when this ancient husband of her's dies she wages a legal battle with her step son for control of the company. How is that supposed to endear us to the character? her daughter is also one of the most irritating and grating creations that i have ever encountered, a spoilt rich girl and quite stupid to boot.
Hector Cross is the superb fighter and savvy operator yatayatayata, boring sums him up quite well.
The characters are also completely unbelievable in the sense that they become emotionally attached extremely quick, Hector and Hazel go through the cycle of i hate you, but damn you're fit, everything i hated about you i now love, oh darling this oh darling that. in what seems about five minutes. immensely annoying. and hector begins to think of himself as the girls father almost immediately without even meeting her, and then when they do meet within the space of a few hours they had formed this wonderful father daughter bond, even though the daughter had no idea he was her potential step father at the time, it made me sick.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little too much violence and not enough story for me- prefer his African talesPublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have not quite finished it yet but I can say it is a very good read and flows well as you might expect from Wilbur Smith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BaldEagle
Atypical Wilber Smith. Not the biggest fan of the character Cross but I found this entertaining and quite compelling.Published 1 month ago by Ronald barfield